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Born at Alameda, California, on December 14, 1896, James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle was a junior at the University of California when the United States entered World War I. He enlisted as a flying cadet in the Army Signal Corps, which gave him a commission.  He spent the war as a flying instructor in the United States.  Remaining in the Army after the war, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1922 and then studied aeronautical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he received both a Masters and Doctors degree in science.  He took a leave of absence from the Army in the period before World War II, but returned to active duty when the war began.   He for commanded a bombing mission on April 18, 1942 (4 months after Pearl Harbor) with 16 B-25 bombers taking off from the carrier Hornet to fly 620 miles and conduct bombing raids over several principle Japanese cities.  He was awarded the Medal of Honor for this daring operation, and was promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General.  His citation, presented personally by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, reads,in part: "With the apparent certainty of being forced to land in enemy territory or perish at sea, Colonel Doolittle personally led a squadron of Army bombers, manned by volunteer crews, in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland."  General Doolittle died in California on September 27, 1993 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, with his high school sweetheart, Josephine Daniels Doolittle (May 24, 1895-December 24, 1988). .Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP
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Born at Alameda, California, on December 14, 1896, James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle was a junior at the University of California when the United States entered World War I. He enlisted as a flying cadet in the Army Signal Corps, which gave him a commission. He spent the war as a flying instructor in the United States. Remaining in the Army after the war, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1922 and then studied aeronautical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he received both a Masters and Doctors degree in science. He took a leave of absence from the Army in the period before World War II, but returned to active duty when the war began. He for commanded a bombing mission on April 18, 1942 (4 months after Pearl Harbor) with 16 B-25 bombers taking off from the carrier Hornet to fly 620 miles and conduct bombing raids over several principle Japanese cities. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for this daring operation, and was promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General. His citation, presented personally by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, reads,in part: "With the apparent certainty of being forced to land in enemy territory or perish at sea, Colonel Doolittle personally led a squadron of Army bombers, manned by volunteer crews, in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland." General Doolittle died in California on September 27, 1993 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, with his high school sweetheart, Josephine Daniels Doolittle (May 24, 1895-December 24, 1988). .Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP

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Date: 28 Aug 2002
Location: United States of America
Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP
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